Tripura to host Hornbill festival begins from February 8 -
Tripura to host Hornbill festival begins from February 8
Posted 03 Feb 2020 12:11 PM

Source: TOI

This year, the Tripura Government will be hosting an event on the similar lines of Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival. This two-day festival will be organized from February 8 in Hathai Kortor or Baramura Hills in West district, to boost tourism in this region.

Nagaland hosts the Hornbill Festival every December at the Naga heritage village of Kisama, situated nearly 12km from Kohima. The festival aims to preserve and showcase the rich culture and traditions of Nagaland. During the festival, cultural performances by various communities can also be witnessed.

Chief Whip of the Tripura Legislative Assembly Kalyani Roy, while answering questing during the state assembly session, said that is the government is working rigorously to boost tourism in this region, and accordingly, the state will host Hornbill Festival on February 8 and 9.

Last year on August 22, forest official Animesh Das said several hornbills are spotted in Tripura. And to develop the tourism sector of the state, the government has decided to organize a festival on the lines of the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland. The name of the festival in Tripura has not been decided yet. However, it is expected that the festival will attract tons of both domestic and international tourists.

The forest official further added that the indigenous people of Tripura consider the hornbills a gift of God, the reason why they don’t hunt them. Records state that more than 300 hornbills can be spotted across the state, which belong to the Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) species. Also, to protect the species, forest officials keep conducting awareness camps in the villages regarding the birds.

The forest officials have even set up a Hornbill viewpoint at Baramura hills, where fruit-bearing trees have been grown for the birds.

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